November Celebration at Living Waters Columbarium
for Cremated Remains Not Yet Entombed
In the Church’s tradition, the month of November is dedicated in a special way, to the remembering our beloved dead and assisting them with our prayers and intercessions. In this month, Living Waters Columbarium, located within the Church of St. Gianna Beretta Molla is providing a special opportunity to entomb the cremated remains of loved ones whose death may have occurred some time ago.
On November 24th, 2019 at 2:00 p.m., a special celebration will take place for all who wish to have the cremated remains of a loved one entombed in Living Waters Columbarium at that time. To learn more about this opportunity, please contact Living Waters Columbarium before November 15, 2019.
Call: 204-488-3977 or Email: [email protected]
Dignity of cremated remains
Burial in a cemetery or another sacred place adequately corresponds to the piety and respect owed to the bodies of the faithful departed who through Baptism, have become temples of the Holy Spirit and in which “as instruments and vessels the Spirit has carried out so many good works”.1
When cremation of the body has been chosen, the ashes of the faithful must be laid to rest in a sacred place, that is, in a cemetery or, in certain cases, in a church or an area which has been set aside for this purpose, and so dedicated by the competent ecclesial authority.1
Why Christian Burial
From the earliest time, Christians have desired that the faithful departed become the focus of the Christian community’s prayers and remembrance. Their tombs have become places of prayer, remembrance and reflection. The faithful departed remain part of the Church who believes “in the communion of all the faithful of Christ, those who are pilgrims on earth, the dead who are being purified, and the blessed in heaven, all together forming one Church.1
A Place of Peace
The reservation of the cremated remains of the departed in a sacred place ensures that they are not excluded from the prayers and remembrance of their family of the Christian community. It prevents the faithful departed from being forgotten, of their remains from being shown a lack of respect, which eventually is possible, most especially once the immediately subsequent generation has too passed away. Also, it prevents any unfitting or superstitious practices.1
In order that every appearance of pantheism, naturalism or nihilism be avoided, it is not permitted to scatter the ashes of the faithful departed in the air, on land, at sea of in some other way, nor may they be preserved in mementos, pieces of jewelry or other objects. These courses of action cannot be legitimized by an appeal to the sanitary, social or economic motives that may have occasioned the choice of cremation.1
By burying the bodies of the faithful, the Church confirms her faith in the resurrection of the body, and intends to show the great dignity of the human body as an integral part of the human person whose body forms part of their identity.1
*1 Excerpts from the Instruction regarding the burial of the deceased and the conservation of the ashes in the case of cremation, Vatican 2016.